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It’s all about romance and relationships when authors Hazel Osmond, author of The Mysterious Miss Mayhew and Caroline Roberts, author of The Torn Up Marriage visit  Wakefield Library on Wednesday 18 May, 7- 8pm.

Hazel Osmond is a writer of short stories and romantic comedies. In 2008 she won the Woman & Home short story competition sponsored by Costa and in 2012 her first book, Who’s Afraid of Mr Wolfe? was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Romantic Comedy award. comedy award.

About ‘The Mysterious Miss Mayhew’ Is telling the truth always right—even if someone vulnerable will get hurt? The Mysterious Miss Mayhew is a romantic comedy that takes a look at how slippery a concept honesty can be. Aren’t secrets an essential part of protecting your privacy, especially when you’re living in a small community?

Caroline Roberts enjoys writing about love, loss, betrayal, and family; stories that explore the emotions, showing how complex and yet beautiful our relationships can be. She also likes to write romantic comedy, letting the characters have a bit of fun too! She believes in following your dreams, which after ten years of writing and submitting, finally led her to a publishing deal with Harper Collins.

About ‘The Torn Up Marriage’   is a gritty and emotional read about love, loss, family and betrayal’’

A memory: golden-tipped sand dunes, early June heat-waves blurring the Northumberland coastline. Michael racing towards the shore, Emily on his shoulders, their laughter ringing out against the crash of the rolling waves. A family together.

Two years later, and the landscape of Kate’s marriage has changed irrevocably. When Michael comes home one evening and deals the fateful blow to their marriage, neither could have imagined the heart-wrenching journey stretching before them. Her happy home with Michael and their two beautiful girls is washed away like footprints in the sand.

Read Regional: connecting readers and authors across the North


Wakefield Library and Museum

Wakefield One, Burton St. WF1 2DD

Tel: 01924 305376


Free event but advance booking is requested

Welcome to the Ossett Archive Blog!

If you are interested in Ossett’s local history please take a look at the new official blog of Ossett Community Archive, based at Ossett library…

Welcome Ossettonians! This is the official blog of the Ossett and Gawthorpe Community Archive. We will be using this blog to engage with our followers and the people of Ossett to share information …

Source: Welcome to the Ossett Archive Blog!

Reading Well: Shelf Help


There’s a new addition to our Reading Well booklists. Shelf Help has books to help young people cope with difficult feelings and experiences. The titles have been chosen by young people themselves as well as medical experts. The books have information and advice as well as personal stories about dealing with feelings such as anxiety, depression or stress and experiences such as bullying. Reading about other people’s experiences and feelings can sometimes help with understanding your own.  Pick up the leaflet and the books in your local library – they’re free to borrow.


If you need more help, your GP will be able to offer help and advice. has information and short films on mental health services or visit

You can get support and counselling 24/7 from

Childline  Tel 0800 1111

The Samaritans Tel 116 123


The Big Read

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The Big Read.

Wednesday 11 May, 11.00am South Elmsall Library

In 2016, the Big Read, run in association with the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, is inviting you to discover P.D. James’ classic and pioneering crime novel, ‘An Unsuitable Job for a Woman’.

The Festival’s Reader-In- Residence and bestselling crime author Mari Hannah will be touring libraries across the North of England and opening up the discussion online at, inviting readers to celebrate the life and work of one of the world’s greatest writers and the true Grande dame of mystery.  An Unsuitable Job for a Woman introduces Cordelia Gray, the first modern female detective in crime fiction. At the time of creating Cordelia Gray, P.D. James worked as a civil servant in the crime department of the Home Office. Regarding this novel, she wrote: “I wanted to have a young heroine of courage and intelligence who faces the problems of life with a determination to be successful in a job which everyone else thinks she won’t be able to do.”

Mari will be visiting South Elmsall Library on Wednesday 11th May at 11.00am to discuss the Big Read book. To reserve a place and collect your free copy of ‘An Unsuitable Job for a Woman’ call in at South Elmsall Library. You can also book a place by calling them on 01977 723220 or emailing but don’t forget to call in to pick up the book so you can take part in the discussion on 11th May!

The Art of Falling

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Join us at South Elmsall Library on Friday 18 March, 2-4pm for our first Read Regional event of 2016. The afternoon will start with exploring poetry, led by poet Anna Woodford. Anna will provide a selection of modern poetry to read and discuss. This session is for anyone, for poetry lovers or people who haven’t opened a poetry book since leaving school- come along and give it a try! Later in the afternoon, Kin Moore will be reading from her collection ‘The Art of Falling’  You can find out more about Kim and her poetry on the Read Regional page here.

The afternoon is free, but please contact South Elmsall Library  on 01977 723220 or email to reserve a place.



World Book Day 2016

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Thursday 3 March is World Book Day and all week libraries are holding special storytimes and giving out World Book Day tokens which can be exchanged for the special World Book Day books at any participating retailer. Everybody’s favourite blue bear, Bookstart  Bear will be making some special guest appearances too. He will be at Featherstone Library on World Book Day but you can meet him at other libraries too – see the What’s On page for details. There are lots of ideas and competitions on the World Book Day website  and on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 4 young people can take part in Teenfest- follow it on Twitter with #WBDTEENFEST


It’s National Libraries Day this Saturday 6 February and #libraryletters is a campaign to share what libraries mean.

‘In 1971 a new library opened in Troy, Michigan, USA. To mark the occasion dozens of people across the world were invited to write a letter to the children and young people of Troy about the importance of libraries and reading. Forty-four years later, as Chief Executive of the Arts Council (the national development agency for libraries in England), I’m inviting you to mark National Libraries Day 2016 by sending your own message to the children of your city, town or village, telling them what you think your local library will mean for their future.’ Darren Henley.

Dear children of Wakefield,

When you open the door to your library, you are starting a special adventure. It’s like a door to your very own Tardis and your library card is the key to take you to whole new worlds. You can lose yourself in great stories. You will meet new people (story characters or real ones) who will inspire you and live in your imagination. You can find out what it feels like to be somebody else and live a different life. You can explore the world and how things work. The books you discover (paper or digital ones) can help you find the imagination and knowledge you will need to live the life you want to have.

And it’s YOUR adventure. You are in charge. You can choose the books that you want to explore every time you come. It’s free and fun and you will be very welcome. The libraries belong to you and to all the people in Wakefield so please come in and see what you can discover.

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National Libraries Day


Saturday 6 February is National Libraries Day. We have some special events arranged and many regular events have a special twist. Have a look at the blog What’s On page for a full list. There’s so much going on in libraries today and we are still free to use! Books and reading groups and storytimes of course but you can find out how to improve your health, learn how to cook,start your family history using our free resources, play scrabble or do a jigsaw, download a free magazine or talking book, enjoy crafts and chat to other fact, there is not much you can’t do in a library!

One special event is on Monday 8 February, 10.00am at Hemsworth Library. Joan Hart, local author, will be talking about her book “At the coal face: the heart-warming true story of a Yorkshire Pit Nurse” It’s a free event but please call the library on 01977 722270 or email  to reserve a place

So tell your family and friends about the library or better still, bring them along to explore and join. It’s your library- join it, use it, love it!

A book for everything that ails us … why bibliotherapy could be just the medicine we’re looking for

The Knowledge Exchange Blog

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By Morwen Johnson

Many of us will have received books as Christmas presents last month – and the bestseller lists testify to their continuing popularity despite regular doom-mongering. The benefits of books go much further though than keeping your brain active and passing the time. Reading involves ‘emotional thinking’ and in the words of The Reader, books “are full of the stuff that makes us human”. That means that they can actually be a powerful resource for improving mental health.

“I felt better than before … I felt understood”

Last year we wrote on our blog about social prescribing – and how the NHS is recognising that non-medical treatments such as arts activities or exercise can improve patient’s mental and physical health. This is partly linked to the emphasis on enabling self-management support to be given to people with long-term or chronic health…

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Cookery author event – Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking

The Nom Nom Nom cookery book reader group, which meets regularly

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at Wakefield One Library and Museum the first Saturday each month at 2pm, invites you to join us for an afternoon of tea, cakes and Edwardian recipes from Grandma Abson’s vintage recipe book. On Saturday 5th March 2.00-3.00pm author Meryl White will be talking about her book and sharing some tasty home-baked treats. Read more about Grandma Abson’s legacy on Meryl’s blog


“Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking is all about simple and tasty baking, a legacy from my Grandma’s time as a

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cook-housekeeper in Edwardian times and a lifetime of baking. As I was growing up, I watched her bake and cook, and acquired her expertise and passion for baking. Now I’m sharing Grandma Abson’s baking with you. Enjoy!” – Meryl White, Author


Free event but booking is essential please


Wakefield Library and Museum

Wakefield One, Burton Street

Wakefield WF1 2DD

Tel 01924 305356



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